The Sports, Academic, Fine Arts and Enrichment Fund (SAFE) provides financial assistance to at-risk/low income students who want to participate in school sponsored co-curricular and/or extra-curricular activities (not funded by the District), but otherwise could not due to financial constraints of their family/parents/guardians.  In 2022, SAFE is underwritten by GreenState Foundation.

Program Goals/Objectives

To enrich student’s lives and positively impact their educational experience though participation in school-sponsored co-curricular and extra curricular activities.

Increase the number of at-risk students participating in activities.

Remove financial barriers related to program fees, equipment needs, and transportation costs.

Application Process

A confidential request process on behalf of students may be done by Cedar Rapids Community School District employees such as teachers, coaches, counselors, facilitators, or principals. Application is found below.

Program Outline

“Without the gracious support of the SAFE program, many of our school’s innovative and far-reaching extracurricular programs would not be possible. The foundation’s support ensures that all students in our building, regardless of socioeconomics, have access to programs like Outdoor Education, Theater, Basketball, Robotics, and Volleyball.”

Chuck Tonelli, Metro High School

Funds can be applied towards but are not limited to:

Sports: equipment and uniform needs, activity fees, costs to travel to away games, etc.

Academics: tuition or transportation costs associated with Discover Summer School, Academic Decathlon, or other academic programs/projects

Fine Arts: participation fees and/or performance attire for show choir, marching band, visual arts, lessons, etc.

Enrichment: participation fees and/or equipment needs for school/CRCSD sponsored activities such as LEGO League, Future City, LetMeRun, State Speech, etc.


The SAFE Program is funded in part by the Terry L. Smith Endowed Fund.